Central boys golfer Paul Lynch turned in quite a performance Saturday in the 26-team Ashenfelter Invitational at Riverside Golf Course in Janesville.

Lynch fired a 1-over-par 73 to place second overall in one of the top fields of the regular season.

Lynch, who’s been on Central’s teams that reached the WIAA Division-1 State Tournament each of the last two seasons, fired a 37 on the front nine and a 36 on the back.

The teams were split in two divisions, with larger schools in Division One and smaller schools in Division Two.

The Falcons were in Division Two, but Lynch’s score was still the second-best in either division. He was just one stroke behind the 72 carded by Kyle Wille of Edgerton, also in the Division Two field.

Franklin’s John Mirsberger shot a 74 to lead the Division One contingent.

In the team standings, Central’s 349 was good for fifth place out of 13 teams in Division Two.

Will Cavener was second to Lynch for the Falcons with an 86 (44-42), Bryce Drier shot an 89 (45-44) and Trent Stueber carded a 101 (53-48).

Franklin (319) was the Division One team champion, while Edgerton (316) captured the Division Two and overall team title.

Softball

Wilmot 11, Rice Lake 4

Wilmot 16, Xavier 2

The Panthers improved to 10-4 with a pair of wins at the Poynette Jamboree.

Madi Zerr led the way against Xavier with a 4-for-5 effort, two runs scored and five RBI, followed by Haley Lamberson (three hits, three runs, two RBI), Kenzi Ketterhagen (two hits, two runs, RBI) and Kimmy Zender (hit, two RBI).

Zerr allowed four hits, two earned runs and struck out eight to pick up the win.

Lamberson paced the Panthers’ offense against Rice Lake with three hits, three runs scored and two RBI. Hailie Morton drove in two runs, while Sophia Schmidt scored twice.

Anna Wischnowski earned the win, as she allowed six hits, one earned run and struck out five.

Stevens Point 6, Central 2;

Escanaba (Mich.) 5, Central 0

The Falcons never really got their bats going in a pair of losses at the Poynette Jamboree.

After taking a 2-0 lead early against Stevens Point — ranked eighth in Division-1 in the latest WisSports.net state coaches poll — on a Becca Edwards lead-off double and Olivia Nahorniak’s two-run homer, Central lost the lead for good when Jenna Eilers hit a grand slam off Becca Edwards following two bunt singles and two errors.

“That was the only hard hit of the inning, but we didn’t adjust early and it cost us dearly,” said Central co-coach Tom Lampe, whose team dropped to 8-8.

Against Escanaba, Edwards and Jill Adams each had a single for the Falcons’ only hits.

Olivia Kazumura took the tough-luck loss, allowing five runs (two earned) on three hits with 14 strikeouts.

Catholic Central 15, St. Joseph 3 (4 inn.)

The host Lancers dropped a Metro Classic Conference game at UW-Parkside’s Case Complex.

Mary Furreness drove in a run for St. Joseph, while Ellie Bernhardt tripled and scored a run.

Bradford 10, Racine Case 0 (5 inn.);

Bradford 19, Racine Case 4

The host Red Devils swept the Southeast Conference doubleheader at Bullen Middle School to improve to 12-5 overall and 5-3 in the conference.

In the opener, Kylar Broesch pitched a complete-game three-hitter in front of error-free defense and also doubled and tripled.

Jadynn Powell doubled, homered and drove in three, while Sydney Strelow, Chloe Garofalo, Arin Bonofiglio and Josie Deates each doubled.

Bradford had 16 hits in the second game, including a pair of homers by Deates and one by Strelow. Powell and Deates each collected five RBI, Bonofiglio had three hits and Livie Lehmann and Jenna Schnabel had two RBI apiece.

Lehmann allowed two runs on three hits with two strikeouts in the complete-game win.

Girls soccer

Mike Dillet Tournament

Bradford went 2-1 to finish third out of eight teams in the event at New Berlin West.

The Red Devils, ranked eighth in Division-1 in the latest WisSports.net state coaches poll, opened with a 3-1 win over Middleton’s varsity reserve before a 5-0 loss to Hartford in what Bradford coach David Naylor called “one of the worst games of my career at Bradford.”

But the Red Devils bounced back with a 3-1 victory over New Berlin West.

“It was nice to finish third with a solid win after playing so poorly this (morning),” Naylor said.

Bridgette Covelli-Guerra led Bradford with two goals on the day, while Kate Brown, Sophie Loeffler, Ally Slomkowski and Dani Bauman each scored one.

Covelli-Guerra, Slomkowski, Brown, Leah Klemp, Kimberly Lopez and Mia Prince each tallied an assist.

Mike Johnson and Dan Truttschel

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